Before and After School Newsletter

The VIP Club...Where Membership Has Its Privileges.

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Meet the Before and After School Staff

Dr. Janice Flowers Ed. D., Director for Before and After School Programs

LaDaphne Hall, Program Coordinator for Before and After School Programs (21st CCLC)

Tracey B. Muff, Program Coordinator for Before and After School Programs (21st CCLC)

Deborah Boatwright, Program Coordinator for Before and After School Programs (Fee-Based)

Christian Patterson, Data Specialist for Before and After School Programs (21st CCLC)

Violetta Hudson, Administrative Assistant for Before and After School Programs

Our Mission

The Bibb County Before and After School Program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours. The program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, math, science, and social studies. The program offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Bibb County’s BASP team is committed to ensuring that all students are exposed to quality academic enrichment activities each and every day. We are all proud to be a part of the VIP Club-Where Membership Has Its Privileges! Here are a few of the types of projects that are carried out during our after school hours to advance student achievement.

· BASP Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including those which provide additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement

· Mathematics and science education activities

· Arts and music education activities

· Entrepreneurial education programs

· Tutoring services, including those provided by senior citizen volunteers, and mentoring programs

· Programs that provide after-school activities for limited English proficient (LEP) students and that emphasize language skills and academic achievement

· Recreational activities

· Telecommunications and technology education programs

· Expanded library service hours

· Programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy

· Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow them to improve their academic achievement

· Drug and violence prevention programs

· Counseling programs, and

· Character education programs

Support the Regular School Day in Before and After School

Core Six is a collection of research-based strategies that will help teachers respond to the demands of the content standards in all subject areas. To complement the teaching and learning that occurs during the regular day by teachers and students, before and after school is committed to supporting the work of the district wholeheartedly. Working together as a seamless team will help students become better at:

• Reading and understanding rigorous texts

• Evaluating evidence and using it to support positions

• Conducting comparative analyses

• Finding important patterns and structures built into content

• Mastering academic vocabulary and integrating it in speech and writing

• Understanding and contributing to meaningful discussions about content

• Using writing to advance learning and clarify thinking

• Writing comfortably in the different genres: argumentative, informational, and narrative

Before and After School’s October Focus: Compare and Contrast

Before and After School’s November/December Focus: Write to Learn

Lights! Camera! After School! Lights On After School 2019

October 24, 2019 marked the 20th Year Anniversary for Lights on After School. This day provided a golden opportunity to make sure parents, policymakers, and communities understand the impact of after school programs in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and giving families a peace of mind. Each After School site had an outstanding celebration that completely captivated students, parents, and community stakeholders. Students were able to participate in interactive activities as well as share the important concepts learned as a result of being a part of the After School Program this school year.

This day served as a nationwide rally for after school programs and included more than 8,000 events. In all, more than one million Americans joined in events across the country to draw attention to the need for more after school programs. Each school displayed a variety of events and activities to shine a light on the richness after school programs provide to our students, schools, and community. The BCSD Before and After School Programs currently serves 2039 youth in Macon-Bibb County, providing learning opportunities and a safe haven that helps kids avoid risky behaviors during after school hours. According to data from the After School Alliance, 11.3 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours. Hats off to all who made this day a “Victory” indeed!

Before and After School Professional Learning Session

The Before and After School Staff and Site Managers engaged in an amazing Professional Learning Day on October 14, 2019. During the Professional Learning session, Site Managers were actively engaged in activities that invoked high interaction, processing skills, teamwork strategies, and creative expression through the arts! Program Coordinators modeled the expectation for Site Managers and a true learning experience was unleashed! All parties were reminded of how to embed true fun and excitement into the daily after school learning experience. The BASP embraces the districts efforts to continuously expose all BCSD instructional leaders to simple, high yielding instructional strategies that outline how capturing students' interests and using discussion and questioning techniques maximize learning experiences. The ultimate goal is to extend their thinking by asking students to synthesize information and transfer their learning.

Finally, Site Managers were trained by The Bibb County Nutrition Dept. as well The Campus Police to ensure that our students are healthy and safe as they continue to thrive.